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Handwritten Letters

Not so long ago we would contact someone by writing a handwritten letter. We would choose a clean sheet of white paper and starting at the top left-hand corner carefully enter the recipients name and address, conscious of the need for accuracy and neatness.

Old ways are hard. They’re time consuming. And how we spend our time is a language unto itself—a letter written by hand creates a much different set of feelings than a simple email. The value of the handwritten letter lies within this language of time and care. Writing to someone, taking the time to craft each letter, to buy a stamp, to select an envelope, to travel to the post office—none of this goes unnoticed. A letter, before the content is even read, has already said, “I care about you. You’re someone special.” And that is a message that all enjoy.

Almost nobody receives handwritten letters anymore, but how it changes our life when we receive one. We look at the return address, and our heart beats faster. What does this person have to say to me that’s so special that they sent me a letter instead of an email, a text message, or a phone call? We open the envelope, and we are eager to read. It’s from someone who has already demonstrated that he or she has dedicated time to contacting us; someone who has thought about us and has taken up pen and paper to go through the trouble of sharing a moment of their life with us.

A handwritten letter today can awaken in us more powerful emotions than a treasure chest on a desert island; it can inspire and evoke memories, a feeling of happiness, the yearning for a loved one who is far away.

“You are important to me.”

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